Mohawk running back eager for huge season

Tanner Cook

MORLEY— Tucker Cook is a senior running back and cornerback who hopes to make contributions to the Morley Stanwood running attack this season.

It’s his second season on varsity.

“It went pretty good last year,” he said. “I played mostly defense. I tackle fairly well. I need to stick with the (offensive) player, especially with pass coverage.”

As a running back, “I’ve got good speed. I hit the hole as fast as I can,” Cook said. “We’ve got good fundamentals. We practice really hard.”

Cook expects a physical team from the Mohawks, which will also be blessed with experience.

“Lakeview will be pretty good this year, and maybe Carson City,” Cook said, looking at the schedule. “We have to knuckle down and play every play like it’s the last.”

Cook put in a lot of summer football work.

“That’s extremely important,” he said.

Cook also plays baseball and basketball, and said football is his favorite sport.

Coach Clark Huntey said he’s looking for leadership from returning players like Cook.

The season kicks off on Aug. 29 at Central Montcalm. The Mohawks have a scrimmage Thursday at Shepherd.

SOCCER

Big Rapids 2-1

Big Rapids opened its soccer season with a 2-1 record at the Muskegon Oakridge tournament on Saturday.

Big Rapids won 2-0 over Manistee in the first match.

Goals were scored by Aden Herron and Thomas Crandell assisted by Jonah Hengesbach. It was a shutout for Colin Morrissey

Big Rapids lost 1-0 to Williamston.

Big Rapids won 3-2 over Oakridge in the final game.

Brady Fox scored, assisted by Jack Somsel, who also scored. Oakridge also kicked the ball in its own goal.

Ben Decker and Owen Gammons combined for the win.

Big Rapids is home on Monday against Cadillac.

 

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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